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Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology by…

Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology

by Adam Gopnik (Editor)

Other authors: Abigail Adams (Contributor), Henry Adams (Contributor), Sherwood Anderson (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), P.T. Barnum (Contributor)64 more, Sylvia Beach (Contributor), Sidney Bechet (Contributor), Ludwig Bemelmans (Contributor), Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor), Randolph Bourne (Contributor), Art Buchwald (Contributor), George Catlin (Contributor), James Fenimore Cooper (Contributor), Malcolm Cowley (Contributor), Hart Crane (Contributor), Harry Crosby (Contributor), e.e. cummings (Contributor), Richard Harding Davis (Contributor), John Dos Passos (Contributor), Frederick Douglass (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), Isadora Duncan (Contributor), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), M.F.K. Fisher (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Janet Flanner (Contributor), Benjamin Franklin (Contributor), Margaret Fuller (Contributor), James Gallatin (Contributor), Oscar Hammerstein, II (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), Thomas Jefferson (Contributor), James Weldon Johnson (Contributor), Matthew Josephson (Contributor), Jack Kerouac (Contributor), Lincoln Kirstein (Contributor), A.J. Liebling (Contributor), Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Contributor), Charles Lindbergh (Contributor), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Contributor), Anita Loos (Contributor), Henry Miller (Contributor), Gouverneur Morris (Contributor), Thomas Paine (Contributor), S.J. Perelman (Contributor), Cole Porter (Contributor), Dawn Powell (Contributor), Waverly Root (Contributor), May Sarton (Contributor), Irwin Shaw (Contributor), Edward Steichen (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Contributor), Dorothea Tanning (Contributor), Virgil Thomson (Contributor), James Thurber (Contributor), George Ticknor (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Carl Van Vechten (Contributor), Diana Vreeland (Contributor), Elihu Washburne (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Richard Wilbur (Contributor), Nathaniel Parker Willis (Contributor), Paul Zweig (Contributor)

Series: Library of America Anthologies

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My one problem with this book is that there were rarely translations of the French phrases used. I looked some of them up, but most of the time I guessed. ( )
  emilyesears | Aug 29, 2016 |
Although I have read only about a quarter of the contents, I am enthralled by this book. The richness of writing is truly amazing. It brings the best of American writing within the context of being in Paris, obviously. Aside from getting exposed to a great variety of writers and topics, this is a book that could be an introduction to American writers and artists, since some (or many?) of them may not be known to the reader. Plus names that are known superficially may give the reader an incentive to pursue them and actually read the full works.
This is what's happened to me so far. I am intrigued by two writers that I've read their excerpts, Sherwood Anderson and Anita Loos. The first one I am familiar with but have not had the interest to read his works, perhaps this is the time to do so now. Anita Loos is a name that I had not heard before, although I was familiar with the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes based on her book. But the brief excerpt from the book proved to be so hilarious and well written that I will definitely read some of her works.
In general, this anthology covers Americans of all types. From the Founding Fathers (e.g., Jefferson, Franklin) to famous writers (Faulkner for instance) to painters (such as Catlin) and even the famous celebrity P. T. Barnum! All in all it is a trip through U.S. history (in names only) and their perspectives of Paris. ( )
  xieouyang | Jan 4, 2015 |
Thoughtful and for the most part engrossing anthology of essays about one of my favorite cities. I read this book to help get me in the mood for an upcoming trip, and I enjoyed seeing how different people over the decades experienced the people, society and history of Paris. There were a few inclusions I could've done without; to me, the writing styles of Henry Miller and Gertrude Stein completely overshadowed any substance, and Henry James' story just made my head spin. Still most of the choices are insightful and intelligent, and there are even some lighter selections to counterbalance the more serious essays. (My favorite of those is A.J. Liebling's account of his research into finding the tastiest French food for the price he could afford on his monthly stipend for whatever it was he was really supposed to be studying.) ( )
  bostonian71 | May 22, 2014 |
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"From the earliest years of the American republic, Paris has provoked an extraordinary American literary response. An almost inevitable destination for writers and thinkers, Paris has been many things to many Americans: a bastion of old-world traditionalism, a hot-bed of revolutionary ideologies in politics and art, and above all a space in which to cultivate an openness to life and love impossible at home. Through stories, letters, memoirs, poems and journalism, Americans in Paris distills three centuries of vigorous, glittering, and powerfully emotional writing about the place that Henry James called "the most brilliant city in the world" and that Ernest Hemingway characterized as "a moveable feast.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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